Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Lying just 3 to 8 km. of Kota Kinabalu is the beautiful Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) Marine Park,consisting of 5 idyllic islands : Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and Sulug.

The Park was gazetted in 1974 and extended to its present size in 1979, so its clear blue waters and natural environment remain pristine. Its easy accessibility makes it a favourite amongst picnickers, divers and nature lovers. Speed boats from the major hotels or fishing boats from the harbour-side Central Market can be hired to get to the islands within a few minutes. A new jetty by the Harbour is expected to be ready by 2001 for even more convenience.

The TAR Marine Park Headquartes is situated on Manukan and there are ranger stations on Gaya, Sapi and Mamutik. Visitors are required to register at the respective stations and a minimal entrance fee is charged.

The best coral reefs are found around Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug while there is a network of jungle or forest trails on Gaya and Manukan. Jetties, picnic shelters and simple camping shelters are available on manukan, mamutik, Sapi and at Police Beach on Gaya. The Parks maintains a furnished resthouse for rent on Mamutik, and glass-bottomed boats from which to view the corals, can also be hired here.

So whatever it is you go for - swim, snorkel, or dive into a lovely underwater haven of brightly coloured coral reefs and admire schools of fish, some of which you may never have seen before, and even turtles - you will find fulfillment in the west coast all the way to the bottom.